March 27, 2012
If you came here looking for hilariousness, you are in the wrong place today, my friends.
Today I feel sad and disheartened and sickened. I am tired of what sin does to us — how it divides and breeds hatred, fear and accusations. I am disappointed with how I contribute to this evil through my thoughts, words and actions. I am frustrated with the lack of compassion in my life and in the lives of others — we are so slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to become angry. We hurt one another, and in a desire to protect ourselves and our own interests, we allow ourselves to spew hatred and fester in bitterness.
Non-Christians do it.
Christians do it.
We all do it.
In this past week I’ve heard and read and seen things that make my heart ache. The topic really isn’t that important because the source is all the same.
We are ruined by sin.
It overtakes and lies and controls.
What is most painful in my own life, and what is the most disheartening when I see it in other believers is that we so often allow sin to devour. We see the enemy, prowling, waiting for a chance to pounce, and we call him over with glee. Instead of rejoicing that Jesus has freed us from sin, we snuggle up with heavy chains, shackling ourselves back into a life of slavery. The things we know we shouldn’t do, we do. The things that we know we should do, we reject.
We are just like our ancestors. We always resist the Holy Spirit.
What wretched people we are.
Liars, thieves, murderers, accusers, idolators. We are prideful, judgmental, arrogant, condescending, rude. We justify, complain, defend. We are bitter, angry, hurt, frightened, abusive, dangerous.
But by the grace of God. But by the grace of God.
We have been washed, sanctified and justified — so let’s live like it. The Spirit of the Living God — the God who raised Jesus from the dead — is at work in us.
The God who raised Jesus from the dead.
You guys. Let’s not grieve Him. Not with unwholesome talk, not with bitterness, rage, anger, slander or malice.
We are children of the Most High. Adopted, bought, heirs. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify. Let’s share the shalom of our God. Let us hear together:
Yes, I am disheartened and saddened by myself, by others. But even in the midst of this, my heart skips a beat.
He will make all things new.
He will restore and heal and bind up. He will redeem what we have broken. He will invite believers in Yeshua to dwell with Him. We will be His people, and He will be our God. Every inclination of our heart will be to worship Him in purity.
And we will no longer be ruined by sin.
Because He was ruined for us.
And until then, sanctify us. Teach us to obey. Soften our hearts.
Help us to love you, Lord God, with all that we are. And to love our neighbors as ourselves.